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Rand Paul Upsets Marijuana Activists by Saying the Drug Is 'Not Healthy'

Ahead of his Thursday visit to Nevada, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., reiterated his personal opposition to marijuana use. Pro-pot activists say Paul is spreading misinformation about the drug.

"I personally think that marijuana use is not healthy," Paul told the Las Vegas Sun in an interview published Wednesday. "People that use it chronically have a loss of IQ and a loss of ambition, but at the same time states have the right to make these decisions."

Marijuana activists tell U.S. News that Paul's claims about ambition, health and IQ are wrong.

http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/washington-whispers/2013/07...




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lol, you're crazy

"marijauna users have very little integrity"
that's some punk ass bitch shit to say. don't be such a cunt all the time granger.

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It's TRUE

and you KNOW it.

It's NOT all LOVE and Peace which you prooved.

bottom line is....

it should not be illegal to use or grow in the privacy of my own home. Also private transactions between me and my friends are just that, PRIVATE. Why do we as a society always need some law or legislation to achieve an end? Rand IS right, it should be up to the people.... individual people and their individual values.

"What light is to the eyes - what air is to the lungs - what love is to the heart, liberty is to the soul of man."
-Robert Green Ingersoll

I don't agree

Cannabis laws should reflect the community. My community is decriminalized. I'm not interested in it.. and I respect those who are, UNLESS, they make it my business.. I ignor it.. it's the law here.. so I accept and respect the law.

Money transactions between you and your friends that live in a community where cannabis is not legal is a crime against your community. You are exchanging contraband. You and your friends are supporting a black market, Mexican cartels, the destruction of forests, illegal grows, water pollution and other drug trafficing and guns, and slavery.. supporting the electric companies that also pollute. The shame is, so many who enjoy cannabis don't get off their butts, into government and change their laws.

And yeah.. Rand is right, and it would be up to the people if the people who want it got into political possitions to make it happen.

if the transactions

between me and my friend were truly private, and private property was truly private, and no one was hurt by the transaction. How can it be a crime, law or not? How would anyone even know what took place? Final thought, how in the world would growing pot in my basement benefit any drug cartels? and who's to say I wouldn't barter or trade for services?

"What light is to the eyes - what air is to the lungs - what love is to the heart, liberty is to the soul of man."
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Depends what teh transaction is

If the transaction was you selling your three year old daughter to your friend for an hour, is there a crime?

yes

at that point I would be hurting someone who can neither consent nor benefit from that transaction. Private sale of pot, grown on private property, between two consenting adults, no person is a victim in that situation.

"What light is to the eyes - what air is to the lungs - what love is to the heart, liberty is to the soul of man."
-Robert Green Ingersoll

but there is a victim

every small business I know would LOVE to just be able to sell tomatoes, pies or shirts or maid service, anything, without the government demanding certificates, licenses, permits, registrations, regulations, insurance and taxes.

Around here, I feel for small business because the NGOs and non-profits hit those folks HARD for contributions for every holiday or raffel or event they have.

So when you are conducting a business transaction on the black market, the victim beomes the community.

As I said, here, medical marijuana is decriminalized, so the transactions are done with the grower and buyer supporting the comminity in buying tags, insurncaqe, paying rent, security.. and contributing to the community.

The money leaves your hands and goes to more black markets, until there is someone to wash it..

Just know this, There isn't a business in your community that doesn't wish they had the freedom to operate on private transactions. It's a shame it's limited to contraband.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9txE_hxGa6M

Awwww I'm sorry, I wanted to share a song called contraband blues with you but the song is banned in the USA.. Otis kinda chops it up so you get a taste.. but I can't share the song..

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Rand Is Playing The Political Game: He Needs To Stay Viable

He can get more traction politically buy playing the game. Unlike his dad, Rand's approach is to say all the right things to get elected.

He doesn't want to be labeled a "KOOK" like his dad, weather you agree with that marijuana is safe or not.

Rand is out to build a following of supporters to win the republican nomination. Ron Paul was out to educate the masses with the principles of LIBERTY, which of course includes the liberty to smoke pot in a free society. or go to hell in a basket if one feels like.

Rand doesn't want to defend pot smoking as being a safe. The media is always looking for an opening to shed a bad light on candidates.

People are waking up, but many voters are still not ready to embrace pot smoking as a safe alternative to other remedies.

Rand is not his dad although I do believe he is a staunch defender of liberty.

He is by far and away the best and smartest liberty loving alternative to the business as usual Neocon bullsh*t we have had shoved down our throats for years..

"STANDwithRAND"

i totally disagree

"many voters are still not ready to embrace pot smoking as a safe alternative to other remedies."
mmj has enjoyed over 70% support for years and has passed in every state it's been on the ballet in.

here in Colorado more people voted for rec marijuana legalization (amd 64) than voted for barry or Romney.

if rand wants to win on the west coast and important swing states like colorado he needs to study up on the issue and stop spreading antiquated prohibitionist propaganda.

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This is an attack on Rand

I just did some searching.. simple google hit and this is plastered on the first page:

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Rand Paul on the issues:

Tackle drug problem; no one cares where funding comes from. (Oct 2010)
Community treatment instead of federal anti-drug programs. (Aug 2010)
Drug abuse isn't a pressing issue; 10-20 years is too harsh. (Aug 2010)
Favors legalizing medical marijuana. (May 2010)
Exclude industrial hemp from definition of marijuana. (Aug 2012)

Ted Cruz.. who the GOP is grooming:

No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.

And I bet he won't... but they are doing w2hat they can to bury Rand and the fools among us will buy it.

Based on my personal experience, I would have to

agree with Rand Paul on this. My mother was addicted to marijuana in the 70's (emotionally addicted) and I do think it permanently affected her thinking ability (though I cannot say if she had more discernment before starting to smoke).

Also, a spiritual teacher from India that I knew used to say that pot can cause brain damage if smoked straight without using a water pipe. He said it causes the loss of the more subtle faculties of intellect, but that using a water pipe makes it safer.

Personally I think it is, like cigarettes, an emotional/stress crutch which quickly relieves emotional distress and pain so that the person does not mature and develop as much emotionally. I think it stunts emotional and psychological development.

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It's just all about another war on the KISS principle, of course

Rand is expressing a personal opinion on the product, and so what?

But at least he is among those who denounce the fallacy of criminalizing it a priori.

On which grounds, anyway? Alcohol next? Stinky cheeses next? Brussel sprouts next? That fish that can KILL YOU if it's not prepared by a trained Japanese cuisine chef?

Hot women next?

Some can be deadly...

Or, alternative:

And how about we re-read men like Constant, on the matter of "authority" vs. "rights"?

http://www.dailypaul.com/292153/meet-another-champion-of-lib...

In other words, back to the Marie Jeanne:

smoke it all you want, just don't force me to.

become smarter or dumber with it, just don't charge me to fund it or to fight it.

Why the hell can't we keep it as simple as that on 99.999% of the topics in society, you ask?

Oh, wait. That's because the state's policy/law/plunder-maker Supermen have said "ya know, it's complicated, put us in charge to handle it for ya..."

The tragedy is the people(s) have bought into the collectivist, statist lie.

But true, in fairness, in their defense, a lot of money has been spent (stolen), to make sure the people can get rotting as fast as the fish head - aka the "elites".

That started and continued BEFORE the people have a powerful way to know better FOR AND BY themselves - a web of information, reliable or not, rich or poor, but mostly free - by design.

With it, no more excuse to remain ignorant about ANY sides of ANY argument.

The "elites" I wrote...

... Yeah, RIGHT.

The same who now want to disable or control the people's web, precisely.

"Surprise, surprise."

Q.E.D.

'Nuff said.

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.

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I personally believe Rand

I personally believe Rand Paul has lost my support and is full of crap. I am not buying rand pauls bullshit anymore. He needs to stfu. lost a delegate in the gop here. I will be looking outside of the gop this election.

go bitch at rand paul not me, adios!

Ron Paul 2016

Cigarettes are legal but

Cigarettes are legal but they're not healthy. Ice cream is legal but unhealthy. There is actually some evidence that alcohol is healthy at small doses but it is definitely unhealthy at high doses. Most people who use marijuana do so for fun, not because it is healthy, and they'd use it whether it was proven healthy or not. Rand Paul offers a reasoned opinion that marijuana is unhealthy, but believes that it is up to states to make any laws about it, the proper constitutional position.

Hey! Ice cream is plenty healthy!

And thanks very much for reminding me I have a big container of it in the freezer that I bought today! Yum, here I come, Edy's!

If you love clogged arteries,

If you love clogged arteries, ice cream is healthy.

Neither Is Soda

But I think I see what Rand is doing and I like it. He's playing politics and trying to not appear "fringe".

fringe?

check the polls lately? rands prohibitionist opinions on recreational marijuana are now in the minority.

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Just because it is unhealthy does not mean it

has to be legally banned, with all the problems that entails.

When I read his words

I thought of Reefer Madness

Thank goodness I will never be a politician

All in all I think Rand should just stick with the financial aspect of these issues.

War on Drugs = over $15 billion dollars

War on Terror = over $1 trillion dollars

Utah data Center = 2 billion dollars.

Audit the Fed - Priceless

His name is Edward Snowden

What is Capitalism?
http://youtu.be/yNF09pUPypw

Please don't confuse what

Please don't confuse what Rand said. He doesn't like those drugs, but my impression is that he wants others to have complete freedom to make good or poor decisions and live with the consequences of those decisions.

He said: "I don't really believe in prison sentences for these minor, non-violent drug offenses," Paul said in a June 4 discussion with the Hoover Institution, "but I'm not willing to go all the way to say it is a good idea either. I think people who use marijuana all the time lose IQ points, I think they lose their drive to show up for work."

He's probably basing these comments off his own personal experiences. People are free to disagree with him, but you cannot disagree with a person's life experiences.

Its all good

TPTB are probably not going to let Rand become POTUS either.

too much at stake for the petro-dollar, yah know

His name is Edward Snowden

What is Capitalism?
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Hemp is one of the most

Hemp is one of the most nutritious plants.

I like the part where he said

I like the part where he said he was going to forcefully take marijuana users pot away. In fact, I don't believe he did say that....

On a serious note, he said that was his personal opinion. He clearly supports states like Colorado legalizing it, as he said that. It's true that this position also means he supports states prohibiting marijuana use as well. But it's baby steps. It's politics. On a federal level, a candidate won't win saying to end the drug war. A states right position is a step in the right direction.

So now you have to be

So now you have to be personally in favor of marijuana use in order to call yourself a libertarian?

of course not

but you don't tell falsehoods and insult people. his dad never did. oh right they're different.

well if you vote to keep locking peacful people in cages

you can't call yourself a libertarian.

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